Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the SEAT newsletter. In this issue, we report on a debate over aquaculture certification, how non-fillet fish products are used and valued in Europe and Asia, the benefits of transdisciplinary research and how management measures have reduced parasite risks in Thailand and China.

Tilapia dish with ASC certificationCertification: improving sustainability of aquaculture?Third party certification is gaining prominence as Western consumers look for sustainability guarantees, but as a paper published in Science argues, when it comes to aquaculture, there are serious limitations making it only part of the solution.
Regional differences exist between perceived values of co-products. In Vietnam for example greater utilisation occurs.Utilising co-products in Europe and AsiaGelatin, collagen and high quality leather production: A comprehensive review of current uses and values of non-fillet products for Salmon, shrimp and pangasius in Europe and Asia including possible strategies for novel uses to maximise resource efficiency.
Screen Shot 2013-11-28 at 12.56.50Transdisciplinarity research needs for the expansion of aquacultureOne of the challenges and opportunities facing aquaculture will be the increased employment of transdiscplinary research approaches, but what is it, what are the advantages to this approach and how can it attempt to maximise the societal impact of science?
Screen Shot 2013-11-28 at 13.00.58Fish-borne Zoonotic Trematodes in Asian aquaculture – what’s the risk?Farmed and wild fish are susceptible to infection by parasites that can have serious effects on human health. After investigating the effectiveness of different management measures in Vietnam, SEAT looked at tilapia farms in China and Thailand, comparing the farmed fish to wild caught for infection rates.
Screen Shot 2013-11-06 at 09.52.03Meeting DemandWorking with the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation, SEAT has been helping the feed industry identify opportunities to sustain fishmeal production while decreasing pressures on wild stocks.
Project overview

As the SEAT project nears completion, the key issues and take home messages have been put together in this innovative and comprehensive video presentation.

Originally developed for display at the Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network event in Glasgow, UK, September, 2013, the video outlines the project and the issues under investigation. Featuring interviews with SEAT researchers and collaborators, the video discusses the implications of these issues for both European consumers and Asian producers as well as providing background for the species, industries and countries on which the studies focussed.

The presentation also explains the take home messages from each of the separate aspects of SEATs investigations. How feed is often the biggest driver for most impact categories and possible mitigation strategies for this and the need for governments to work more closely with farmers and processors to continue to improve occupational health.

About SEAT

SEAT is an EU funded global research project addressing how we can enhance the sustainability of Asian seafood farming, the ethical nature of the trade, and the standards and certification of the major industry.

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